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The Miami-Dade County district plans to let parents choose which schools their children attend, a frank acknowledgment that the system must compete with charter schools and voucher programs that have siphoned off more than 10,000 students this year.
The unions, though an important force when it comes to shaping education policy, can point to only a handful of wins and many more losses on what may be the most significant piece of federal precollegiate legislation to come along in decades. Part two of a three-part series.
One prominent historian has called science "the most neglected" part of the prep school curriculum. That situation is changing, though, as science assumes a higher profile in contemporary life, and as independent schools feel greater competition from science-oriented public schools.
Illinois recently released data showing that up to 85 percent of its 893 districts may be operating with deficits during the current school year—and many of them have been doing so for up to five straight years.
A coalition of community, religious, and education advocacy groups has responded to a call from Boston's mayor to help high school seniors pass the state's high-stakes graduation exam.
The Cincinnati Enquirer has sued the city's school board and its new superintendent over the secretive process by which the superintendent was chosen for the job.
Departments
  • Trustees in Hartford, Conn., Pick New Superintendent
  • L.A. District Ordered to Pay Teacher Who Fought Searches
  • Pittsburgh Catholic School Barred From Competitions
  • Family Sues Cleveland Board Over Alleged Rape by Students
  • Ohio NEA Affiliate to Change Policy on Nonmembers' Dues
  • N.Y.C. Schools Will Scrap New Elementary Report Card
  • Washington State School Named for Sept. 11 Hero
  • D.C. Teachers' Union President Resigns Amid Financial Probe
The United States spends more per pupil than most other industrialized countries, but it isn't faring as well as many of those countries in getting students to graduate from high school, and is about average in overall academic achievement, a report concludes. Inlcudes a table, "International Comparisons."
Advocates of a popular one-on-one tutoring program are again attempting to refute a campaign by some prominent reading experts who question the program's claims of success.
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Percentage of the populations in 30 industrialized countries that in 2001 had graduated from at least an upper-secondary education program.
Education grantmakers have seen dramatic decreases in their endowments due to the drop in stock market values. Some have had to cut back operating budgets, or refrain from giving the sorts of sizable grants foundations were able to distribute in the late 1990s through 2000. Includes a table, "A Downturn in Grants".
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Many foundations' assets have decreased because of the downturn in the stock market, and many grantmaking budgets have also seen significant declines.
International Page As the "new" South Africa forges ahead with rebuilding and transforming its education system following the end of apartheid in 1994, school fees have emerged as a highly controversial issue—one that resonates in many developing countries around the world.
After four decades of research, experts know a lot about what some of the risk factors are for discipline problems in school and even how to prevent some of them.
High-level representatives from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia are pounding out an unusual proposal that would allow aspiring teachers in those jurisdictions to seek a regional teaching license.
Elections 2002Middle school students in New York City are involved with a local program, Election Connection, that teaches young people about the democratic process and aims to spark their interest in contemporary politics.
Departments
  • Oregon Court Upholds Random Drug Testing
  • Minneapolis May Open Sports to Charter School Students
  • Education Could Be Next on Virginia Chopping Block
  • Ohio Looks for Technology to Handle Academic Data
  • Wash. State Reveals Results of New Test for Teachers
The governing board that oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress will weigh whether the framework for the NAEP reading test should be modified to better reflect changes in instruction over the past several years.
One of Sen. Paul Wellstone's top priorities was increasing federal aid to education.
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Schools may get to serve federally supplied irradiated meat to students, under a policy shift that was in the works before a listeria outbreak sent cafeteria workers scurrying to clean out their refrigerators last month.
  • Coach's Title IX Suit Rebuffed by Federal Court
  • Teacher Education Rules Seen as Ineffective
  • Voc. Ed. Interest Steady, Congressional Study Says
  • Private-Manager Studies Inconclusive, GAO Finds
Some architects see Clackamas High School as a prototypical "sustainable school"—or one that harnesses nature's assets, such as wind and sunlight or wind, while minimizing environmental impact.
The 'No Child Left Behind' Act fails to balance equity with excellence, potentially neglecting many learners, writes Carol Ann Tomlinson.
Dennis L. Evans questions the benefits of technology to student learning.
Walter Annenberg's legacy to public education includes a few powerful ideas that are central to improving schools, write Merrill Vargo and Nicolette Toussaint.
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FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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